This week, on the 3rd to the 4th of December, the AIRCONTACT`19 organised by the ACstyria Mobilitätscluster took place. Many thanks to voestalpine BÖHLER Aerospace GmbH & Co KG and FH JOANNEUM that we were able to participate at the conference day!

Everything was under the topic Technologies – Production – Markets: The supply chain revolution. A lot of great presentations during this conference gave us insight into E-Aircraft, technology changes, challenges for suppliers, additive manufacturing and many more! To name some companies: Liebherr-Aerospace, easyJet, Airbus BizLab, Rolls Royce, .. impressed us with interesting speeches.

As the AIRCONTACT is an event where not only the Austrian but also the international aerospace industry meets, we had the opportunity of networking and coming together with companies’ representatives and talked about state-of-the-art technologies. Bobby, the contest airplane of our previous Design-Build-Fly Team was also there and gained a lot of prying eyes.

We finished our day at the Airport Graz with a lot of new thoughts regarding currently arising issues in the industry and are pleased to be part of such an event as students, maybe contributing new ideas in future conferences.

Excursion to Peak Technology and FACC

Thanks to the support of the „Aviation“ Institute of the FH JOANNEUM we had the great opportunity to visit two Austrian aviation companies in Upper Austria. Our journey startet at 7 a.m. with a cosy bus ride to Holzhausen, where we got a two hour tour through the company Peak Technology. It was conducted by two motivated professionals who were able to tell us a lot about the different departments. The mould construction, milling process of carbon fiber reinforced plastic and the winding process carried out by fully automated roboters fascinated us the most. After that we were invited to a delicious lunch by Peak and made us on our way to the second company of the day.

Next stop FACC, Factory 4 – Engines and Nacelles.

It was awesome to see the procedures of such a big company. We got a very good insight into the manufacturing process of Blocker Doors and Translating Sleeves. During our tour through the factory we saw the employees following high working standards and how exactly they operate on their specific parts. Especially we were fascinated by the big autoclaves used for thermal and overpressure treatment of Fibre Reinforced Plastics.

We want to thank the FH JOANNEUM, Peak Technology and FACC for the great experience and hope for a lot of following excursions with our new members.

Kleeblattlauf 2019

It was a great day at the 35. Kleeblattlauf 2019! We were participating with a lot of teams consisting of students from the bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and employees from the FH JOANNEUM. For a couple of years now we compete at the Kleeblattlauf with the main goal of having fun and we are looking forward to next year’s run. Thanks to all who participated in this great event!

Visit of Dan Dumbacher at the FH Joanneum

Shaping the Future of Aerospace

Dan Dumbacher, executive director of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) visited the FH JOANNEUM on the 14th of June and held a motivational speech about “Shaping the Future of Aerospace”. The AIAA organises the annual “Design-Build-Fly” in which the FH Joanneum is participating for 5 years now. This year’s team made the 3rd place.

We started in the morning with a few presentations about the FH Joanneum and the aviation institute, the joanneum Aeronautics in general, the DBF Team and Team Drone Tech. Later, we had a tour through our laboratory and he tried out the flight simulator.

Shortly past noon Dan held his speech. It was a pleasure to get an insight into space engineering from an insider and to get tips from someone who was involved in projects by the NASA and with so much experience in the space sector. Dan amazed us with his impressive talk and intriguing answers to the questions from the students.

Dan is now executive director of AIAA. Before that he was three decades at NASA, where he  managed the DC-XA vertical landing rocket; served as deputy manager of the X-33 program; and was director of engineering at Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama. Dan capped his NASA career as the deputy associate administrator in charge of the Space Launch System, Orion crew capsule and related ground systems. Astronauts presented Dan with their Silver Snoopy Award in 2014 for his contributions to spaceflight safety. He joined AIAA in 2018 from Purdue University in Indiana, where he was a professor of engineering practice.

5. General Assembly

The joanneum Aeronautics elected a new board! 

On Thursday, the 21.03.2019 the general assembly of the joaneum Aeronautics took place. After a review of the year’s events which was held by the team leader of the Team Drone Tech and the Design-Build-Fly team, some more formal tasks like the amendment of the club-law and the rules of procedure or the report of the treasurer and auditors took place.

A very interesting part was the presentation of upcoming events and projects. For example, the IONICA in Zell am See, where we plan air displays with Bobby and the HiLi-Copter. Furthermore, the joanneum Aeronautics organize three get-togethers at the campus of the FH Joanneum, where we serve drinks and food to students, lecturers and everyone who wants to join us in a cosy atmosphere. A lot of further projects like a newsletter, an alumni event or new teamwear are going to start within the business of the new board this year. This leads us to the topic of the election.

We are proud to present that the board of the joanneum Aeronautics consists of 50% female and 50% male members. First in history of this association two women lead the executive committee, with Victoria Fill as chairwoman and Annika Dollinger as vice-chairwoman. Responsible for the task of the treasurer is Luis Trojer and with Klaus Graf as the secretary we completed this year’s election. We want to thank all our members, supporters and the FH Joanneum and its employees, without you this successful year would not have been possible. Now, we are looking forward to a year full of challenging but enjoyable tasks!